The culinary scene in Lake Norman stays true to it's essence with a multitude of seafood dining options in all three of our towns! Whether you're in the mood for a plate of tilefish and a waterfront view at Hello, Sailor or an authentic, piping-hot bowl of seafood gumbo from The Lost Cajun, we are here to help you find the best seafood in town!
131 MAIN Restaurant in Lake Norman offers classic American cuisine cooked over a Hickory wood fire grill that accentuates the flavors in every dish ranging from steak to seafood. They provide high quality produce, meat, fish and chicken by keeping freshness as their highest priority. Fish from around the world is shipped overnight from the docks to the restaurant every day, such as Ahi Tuna and NC Rainbow Trout. Dishes are always house-made, from salad dressings to desserts. Be prepared for fine dining in a warm and casual atmosphere.Google Review: "This is a go to when me & one particular friend go out to eat. He loves the salmon appetizer, me the Mexican cornbread!" - Karen
New Bedford Pan-Seared Sea Scallops served over Cheddar Cheese Grits with arugula
Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails provides a versatile dining experience for those who are looking to dress up for an occasion all the way to those who are looking to kick back and relax. Alton's creates a genuine and inviting atmosphere with a focus on regional dishes such as West Coast Grilled Fish Tacos, Shrimp Louie Salad and New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp! Be sure to stop by on Sunday for bottomless mimosas!Google Review: "Had a great experience at Alton’s tonight. Great food and great service. If you can, ask for Shane, he’s awesome and will make sure you get what you need. Looking forward to coming back!" - Kerry
Inspirational Southern food with a coastal charm! Located within a unique 1906 home, Barrel & Fork originated as a bourbon distillery but has transformed into a local landmark in Cornelius due to their seasonal New American dishes including fresh caught seafood entrees. Led by Executive Chef Justin Morris, all meals are meticulously prepared and served with fresh ingredients and a sense of Southern compassion. Don't forget to try one of their handcrafted cocktails once you are there!Google Review: "We had a wonderful experience at Barrel & Fork! Our server, Lawrence, was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the drinks and the restaurant's history." - Allison
Barrel and Fork
Google Review: "Omagosh! This is a hidden gem in Cornelius. The food was spectacular. The Chilean Sea Bass just melted in my mouth like butter (and tasted even better)!" - Randy
Can't decide between steak or seafood? You can have the best of both at Choplin's! Head Chef Wes Choplin curates a traditional American cuisine with fresh fish delivered daily from Charleston, SC. Using local, fresh ingredients, Chef Choplin enjoys using fusion techniques combining flavors that you would not normally expect with great results! With Soul Warming south the focus, the menu reflects the fresh seafood, such as Seared Diver Scallops and Sashimi Tuna all the way to Sauteed Carolina Shrimp and Cajun Catfish Reuben!
Spicy Tuna Roll
When owner Alex Atkins opened Cool Fish LKN, he set out to provide a casual dining experience with high-quality food to set Cool Fish apart from the corporate chains. With an easy-going atmosphere and an emphasis on the local community, Cool Fish LKN is a premier sushi spot for diners looking for a lighter, better and healthier dining experience. The menu includes specialty rolls, poke bowls, fish tacos and more, along with local craft beers and cocktails! Cool Fish LKN is not your average sushi restaurant and is a go-to for a light & casual dining experience.Google Review: "Adding Cool Fish to my favorite list! Sushi, nigiri, and the bowls are all dynamite. So we have great food. What puts this place above all other sushi places? It's amazing beer and cocktail selection with top notch service from everyone" - KJ
Google Review: "I had the swordfish tacos and the scallops here and I could have ate them over and over" - Glenn
Specializing in both traditional lunch, dinner menus and catering, Fresh Chef Kitchen is a great choice for fresh food fast! Fresh Chef operates in a fast casual style open for lunch and dinner serving American cuisine, and they were established in 2014. They are known for their high-quality seafood dishes such as the Shrimp & Grits, a New Orleans and Charleston inspired entree, and their fresh grilled Atlantic salmon! Some great stapes for lunch include their grilled or smoked salmon wrap, or their herb shrimp wrap. Also, there are different daily drink specials and a special brunch menu on Sunday's from 11am - 2pm!
Google Review: "Definitely lived up to the hype. Great drinks, amazing food, incredible vibe, and kid friendly! Celebrated my birthday here and can’t wait to return" - Cheyenne
Hello, Sailor is one of the most iconic seafood restaurants in the Lake Norman region, serving Southern-style fresh seafood offerings. Hello, Sailor is one of three waterfront dining options in the area and you can even come dine in straight off of the boat! Hello, Sailor focuses on chef-driven dishes based upon the seafood options local to the area, led by the husband-and-wife duo Katy and Joe Kindred. Their menu will often change based on availability of fresh ingredients, but some staples to try include peel neat shrimp, citrus crab louie salad, crispy soft shell crab, and jerk spiced NC catfish. With their two-time regional best chef nominee Craig Deihl as head chef, you are guaranteed to have a memorable lakefront dining experience!
Waterfront Cocktails at Hello, Sailor
Snow Crab Legs with corn on the cob and red potatoes
Google Review: "Originally from Lake Norman but spent 10 years living on the Alabama gulf coast where seafood standards are high. This was by far the best seafood I ever remember having around here. So happy this place has opened." - Bryan
Located right off of W. Catawba Avenue, Kat's Seafood Kitchen is a family-friendly, American seafood restaurant. Formerly known as the Lake Town Tavern, Kat's Seafood Kitchen re-opened in January of this year with new furnishings and a new menu. Their daily specials have helped make Kat's a go-to in Cornelius, such as the Oyster Happy Hour and Monday's "all-you-can-eat" crab legs. Not only do they have some of the best seafood in Lake Norman, but they also have draft and import beers including drinks from the Catawba Brewing Co! Some of their new menu items include littleneck clams, ahi tuna, and seasonal fish dishes!
One of three waterfront restaurants in Lake Norman, Port City Club is a uniquely designed restaurant with outdoor seating and a lounge space. Each room has a view of the lake with a classy yet casual atmosphere, and a covered deck is provided for year round use. Port City offers great lunch options such as the lobster and shrimp roll, or their fish tacos! All meals are prepared in-house on a daily basis, with the pasta and bread made each day and fresh, line-caught Charleston seafood. They are known for their fantastic starter dishes, such as their crab cakes and Pei mussels!Google Review: "First time at the club and highly enjoyable. The staff are friendly, prompt, helpful and happy. The view of the harbor and the beach area is beautiful. Would definitely return." - Karen
8 oz Atlantic Salmon over a bed of Caesar Salad
Eez Fusion & Sushi is proclaimed as the freshest & most inventive sushi restaurant in the Lake Norman area! Along with the basic nigiri and sashimi roll offerings, Eez utilizes "non-traditional" ingredients for their specialty rolls as well as fresh seafood & steak dishes. All entrees are customizable at the request of each guest with all meats and fish cut daily. For more sushi and Asian specialty restaurants, check out our blog on supporting our local Asian restaurants here.Google Review: "This restaurant is a MUST!!! I stopped in for a quick lunch and the service was impeccable. I ordered the Bento Box and each item was fresh and unique." - Tanya
Seared Tuna with sesame seed and arrugula
Located in Birkdale Village, Dressler's Restaurant offers upscale continental American cuisine centered around seafood and steak. With a refined storefront and a sidewalk patio, Dressler's focuses on establishing a relationship with every guest that enters the restaurant. For the past 16 years, Dressler's has served as the Lake Norman area's destination for distinguished food and drink, welcoming service, and festive events.Google Review: "Affordable, delicious, courteous staff, great ambiance, food presentation excellent, what's not to like? Lobster enchilada is amazing. And have to finish the night with their tres leches." – Rob
Link & Pin is a chef-driven gastropub with the name inspired by an old railroad term, and the restaurant decor follows suit with a rustic but elegant decor. Link & Pin is also know for the freshness of it's seafood dishes, with an adjusting menu depending on availability of their feature seafood such as the flounder and sea bass. Along with high-quality meals, there is also a cozy bar designed for group gatherings with cocktails and beverages available.Google Review: "The shrimp and grits was delicious! Also enjoyed the bread pudding... it’s one the best I’ve had!!" – Detris
Link and Pin
Fried Shrimp Po Boy
Google Review: "The staff was friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the menu and ingredients. The restaurant itself is clean and quite nice for a Cajun vibe.The food was easily the best part however, I would find it hard to find anything I didn’t like here." - Ryan
Located in Northcross Shopping Center, The Lost Cajun is home to some of our favorite authentic Cajun-family recipes such as their signature gumbos or their mouth-watering fried catfish, shrimp and crawfish dishes! Their gumbos are slow-cooked for 4 to 6 hours daily. And just like all their special dishes such as the lobster bisque, everything is made slowly with care and Southern compassion. Don't forget to order some "beignets," made-to-order pastries originating in the French Quarter from over 100 years ago!
FlatIron Kitchen and Taphouse is a diverse New American restaurant specializing in locally sourced dishes with a wide range of seafood options. Led by Chef Bill Schutz, FlatIron provides high-quality meats and fish such as their Waygu beef or their pan-roasted sea scallops. FlatIron features fantastic decor, creating the perfect environment for an upscale dining experience.Google Review: "You can't beat this place for food, atmosphere and great service." - Doug
Locally owned and chef-driven, Kindred is a stylish American restaurant with a distinctive take on classic dishes. Owner and Chef Joe Kindred blends traditional Southern recipes with international culinary techniques which create a unique dining experience for every single guest. What makes Kindred special is their rotating menus which allows for a new experience even for repeat guests along with sourcing their ingredients from local producers. Kindred is located in historic downtown Davidson and also offers a comprehensive selection of wines.Google Review: "From the fried oysters to the birthday cake, everything lived up to the hype." - Tara
Fried Oysters at Kindred
Seafood and white wine with waterfront views
North Harbor Club is one of Lake Norman's three waterfront restaurants and offers New-American fine dining seafood options with a waterfront patio and nine boat slips for guests! Led by an executive chef, all entrees are prepared fresh daily with innovative takes on classic dishes. Try out the lobster mac & cheese to start your meal and close it out with cornmeal crusted catfish! North Harbor Club also provides a full bar with beer, wine and spirits available.Google Review: "Great shrimp and steak dish, and my wife enjoyed her salad with salmon. We dined on the deck overlooking the lake, very nice experience." - Terry
Just a five minute walk from Davidson College campus, Restaurant X is a cozy bistro with a broad ranging menu featuring international cuisine and seafood-oriented entrees. All dishes are made from scratch with fresh, quality ingredients and Restaurant X also features a unique selection of wines and beers from around the globe! Make sure to try their "Famous Seared Ahi Tuna," one of the restaurant's specialty dishes, and don't forget the Banoffee Pie for dessert!Google Review: "Very cute place to have a nice meal in Davidson! The calamari is some of the best in the area. Don’t skip the chocolate and PB pie for dessert. Great service as well." - Abby
Fresh Maine Mussels with white wine and garlic sauce
As you can see, there are plenty of options for the seafood-lovers of Lake Norman. Whether you are a native to Lake Norman or visiting for the first time, you can always try something new at one of these excellent restaurants. Be sure to tag us on social media @VisitLakeNorman to share your experience!